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'Sherlock' News: Season 3 Starts Filming Next Week, Will Continue into a Fourth Season
There's a lot of good news this week for fans of BBC's Sherlock series. The second season ended on one hell of a cliffhanger over a year ago. Many, myself included, have been anxiously awaiting news on the third season. Thankfully, we may not have to wait very long at all to start seeing the first glimpses of the upcoming episodes.
Deadline is reporting that the stars of the show just had their first read-through of the script this week, and shooting is now scheduled to begin next week. That means it could air as early as this winter in the UK, and perhaps early 2014 in the states.
The new season will be directed by Jeremy Lovering (In Fear) and Colm McCarthy (Doctor Who, Ripper Street), who will handle an episode each. The third episode's director has not been announced. This is due to Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman's incredibly busy schedules. They will only have time to shoot two episodes before they both jet over to New Zealand for The Hobbit: There And Back Again. Once that's done, they'll return to the UK for the final episode of the season.
Additionally, fans have also been speculating that this season may be the last, especially with the last episode of season 3 taking the name of the final Sherlock Holmes story. However, according to Cumberbatch this may not be the case.
In an interview with the RadioTimes, Cumberbatch stated,
We’ve agreed to two more series but I could get into trouble for saying that. All I know at the moment is I’m doing these three [episodes of the upcoming series] and another three.
While three is a nice number to end it on, there's no reason why a fourth season couldn't work. As long as Cumberbatch and Freeman can find the time to shoot it, I could definitely go for a fourth or even a fifth season of the show.